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Can You Delete Purchases From Apple TV?


If you recently bought yourself the latest Apple TV, then congratulations — you’ve unlocked an entirely new world of convenience and entertainment.

However, while all that is awesome and exciting, like most users, you may have gotten carried away with the products and services that you purchased. 

If that’s the case, you might be asking yourself, “Can you delete purchases from Apple TV?”

Well, that depends on what you’re trying to delete. 

In this article, we’ll walk you through the process of deleting movies, TV shows, applications, and more from the Apple TV. 

Scroll on for more details. 

Can You Delete Purchases From Apple TV?

Yes, certain Apple TV purchases can be deleted on your Apple TV device. However, several purchases will require you to use your phone or computer.

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For instance, you can delete applications directly from your Apple TV. This is because they’re stored inside your Apple TV device. 

However, music, movies, and TV shows will require you to use your phone or computer. This is because these movies are stored on the cloud and not on your Apple TV. 

The Apple TV simply lets you stream movies, music, and TV shows that you’ve purchased. 

How to Delete Apps on Apple TV?

Just like with all your other devices, downloading too many apps on a device like the Apple TV can slow its functions. If you need to free up some space, you may need to remove several applications from your Apple TV.

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Note: Deleting applications that you bought via the Apple App Store will also delete its data from your Apple TV. You may re-download the app anytime you wish, however, it won’t have your previous settings or information anymore. 

Follow these steps to delete an app from your Apple TV:

Step 1: Using your remote, select the app that you want to delete.

Step 2: Press and hold the circular center (if you’re using the second generation Siri Remote) or the touch surface (if you’re using the first generation Siri Remote) until the app starts to wiggle.

Step 3: Click the play/pause button and select “Delete” from the options. 

How to Delete Movies and TV Shows on Apple TV?

You don’t need to be subscribed to any streaming services to watch movies or TV series on your Apple TV. You can buy or rent these directly from the Apple TV app. 

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If you’ve recently bought a movie and want to delete it from your “Purchase” history, you can. However, this doesn’t permanently delete the movie. 

Note: Movies and TV shows aren’t stored on your Apple TV. Hence, deleting a movie or TV show will require the use of your mobile phone or computer. 

Step 1: Go to the Apple TV app on your Mac.

Step 2: Click “Library.”

Step 3: Hover your cursor over the movie that you want to be deleted. Click the “More Options” button, then choose “Delete from Library” from the options. 

The movie will still appear in your library; however, the download will be removed. If you don’t wish to see the movie in your library anymore, you have the option of hiding it from view. 

Hiding an item prevents it from showing up on devices that your Apple ID is logged into. To hide a movie or TV show, follow these steps:

Step 1: Go to “Account” on your Apple TV app.

Step 2: Click “Purchased” from the menu.

Step 3: Select the movie or show that you want to hide. An “x” should appear in the top left corner of the item. 

Step 4: Click “x” and a prompt to “hide” or “cancel” will appear. Press “hide.”

The movie or TV show should stop appearing in your library now. If you decide to un-hide or redownload the movie or show to your Apple TV library, you can do so via the Apple TV app. 

How to Delete Music From the Apple TV?

The latest Apple TV has Apple Music pre-installed on the device. If you’re a music bug, you can now stream all your favorite tunes via the Apple Music app on your Apple TV.

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Simply log into your Apple Music account using your Apple ID and sync your other devices with your Apple TV. 

Is there a song or an album that you want to remove? You can complete this process via the Apple Music app on your phone or computer. 

Here are the steps to follow: 

Step 1: Open the Apple Music app and select the album or track/s that you want to delete. 

Step 2: Hover your cursor over the album or track and click on the “More Options” symbol. 

Step 3: Click “Delete from Library” to remove the track or album from all devices that your Apple Music account is logged into. 

Will I Get a Refund for Deleted Purchases on Apple TV?

If the reason you want to delete an item from your Apple TV app, iTunes, or App Store is that you’ve been experiencing operating problems, you can request a refund by logging into reportaproblem.apple.com. You’ll be asked to enter your Apple ID and other necessary information.

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Your refund will be based on the issue that you report. In other words, you won’t be guaranteed to receive a refund. In some cases, you’ll be redirected to a developer’s page, where you’ll be given further assistance by authorized personnel.  

Final Thoughts

The Apple TV is a great streaming device that gives users access to a wide range of online content. However, it doesn’t come without its own set of limitations. 

While you can purchase things like applications, movies, TV shows, and music on the Apple TV, removing them may require you to perform a few extra steps, e.g., taking out your phone or computer. 

Following the steps we mentioned above should make the process much easier for you to figure out. 


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